Freshman Year: Self-Assessment & Career Planning
It is important to begin career planning early in your college career. Knowing how your interests relate to a potential career will assist you as you chose decide on your academic focus while at Albion College.
- Meet with a Career Development staff member to learn how to develop and implement a personalized 4-year career plan.
- Assess personal interests, characteristics, strengths and values through career Self-Assessment Tests.
- Visit the Career Resource Center in the Career and Internship Center to research various career fields and experiential opportunities such as internships.
- Actively participate in the First-Year Experience seminar.
- Check out the resources on choosing a major to learn about a variety of career opportunities.
- Get involved! Join a student organization, volunteer, and/or get an on-campus job.
- Register for core requirements and elective classes to investigate academic majors of interest. Visit with your faculty advisor for assistance in choosing classes.
- Get a summer job that will provide you with an opportunity to learn about a career field that interests you.
Get to know the staff in the Career and Internship Center and use all our resources to your advantage!
NEXT: Sophomore Year: Career Exploration & Leadership Development
Resources on Companies and Careers
Bureau of Labor Statistics - The U.S. Department of Labor site providing information on trends in careers, employment, compensation, and much more
CareerOneStop - Industry profiles, employment opportunities, and salary possibilities
- An inside look at jobs and companies
Linked-In.com - a network of colleagues and industry experts for inside connections and information for your questions
WetFeet.com - Industry profiles and general information on a large range of careers
Senior Year: Implementation & Transition
At long last - you have achieved your last year at Albion College. It is more critical than ever that you use your resources well, stay organized, and keep your eye on the ball.
- Meet with a Career and Internship Center staff member to design a job search strategy or finalize your graduate/professional school search timeline and plans.
- Attend Career and Internship Center workshops targeted for seniors: Developing a Job Searching Plan, Resume Writing, Successful Interviewing, Getting an Apartment, Day One at Work as well as a Senior Open House and more.
- Ask faculty and employers to provide references for you.
- Revise and update your resume and draft a cover letter. For graduate school, complete your personal statement.
- Mail your applications to graduate schools.
- Prepare for graduate school or job interviews with a mock interview in the Career and Internship Center.
- Complete an internship or career-related work experience if you haven’t already.
- Formulate an alternate “Plan B” in case you need to make last minute career adjustments.
- Assist your student organization transition from your leadership to the upcoming leaders in the group.
- Begin to research companies/organizations and the career opportunities they offer.
- Participate in career fairs and build your network of contacts in your field of interest.
Most importantly - use all the expertise and resources Albion College has to offer as you transition to career or graduate school following graduation!
Choosing a Major
There are many ways to select a major. Two common ways include:
- Have a dream career in mind and select a major that would help you get there.
- Select a major because you are interested in the subject then figure out how it relates to a career.
Choosing a major involves gathering information about yourself AND about majors and careers
Learn about yourself
- What are your interests? What do you do in your spare time? What kinds of courses do you find fascinating? Which classes do you enjoy?
- In which areas do you naturally excel? What comes naturally for you?
- What are your values – make money, help people, be a leader, be creative?
- Are you willing/able to attend graduate school if needed?
- What do your family and friends see as your greatest strengths?
- Consider taking self assessment tests in the Career and Internship Center to learn more about yourself.
Learn about majors and careers
- Ask your advisor and other faculty to share information about a major and required coursework.
- Ask upperclassmen in various majors about their experiences.
- Read about major courses in the course catalog. What looks interesting?
- Visit the Career and Internship Center to talk with a career counselor.
- Sample some course offerings in your area of interest.
- Research careers of interest in the Career Resource Center, on the “What can I do with this Major?” page, and do a general online search.
- Explore experiential learning opportunities in an area of interest. The staff in the Career and Internship Center can assist you in the process of finding and securing a wide range of opportunities.
Resources for information on Majors
Not all majors identified in these sites are available at Albion College. These are links to web sites that are not under the control of Albion College or the Career and Internship Center. We are not responsible for the contents of any linked site. The Career and Internship Center provides these links merely as a courtesy. The data contained in this web site is for informational purposes only and is not represented to be error free.
- Compare the information you are learning about majors and professions with what you know about yourself and the self assessment information. Do you have the qualities and interests that match the characteristics of certain majors?
- Choosing a major does not dictate what you will do for the rest of your life! Increasingly people see their major as a starting point upon which they can grow as their interests and skills develop.
- If you are interested in several areas of study, consider a double major, minor, or concentration. You can take classes, join a club, or even volunteer in areas you enjoy as well to feed your passions.